chin(chin),USA pronunciationn., v.,chinned, chin•ning. n.
the lower extremity of the face, below the mouth.
the prominence of the lower jaw.
Idiomskeep one's chin up, to maintain a cheerful disposition in spite of difficulties, disappointments, etc. Also, chin up.
Idiomstake it on the chin,[Informal.]
to suffer defeat; fail completely.
to endure suffering or punishment.
to bring one's chin up to (a horizontal bar, from which one is hanging by the hands), by bending the elbows.
to raise (oneself ) to this position.
to raise or hold to the chin, as a violin.
[Archaic.]to talk to; chatter with.
Sport[Gymnastics.]to chin oneself.
Slang Termsto talk; chatter:We sat up all night chinning about our college days.
bef. 1000; Middle English; Old English cin(n); cognate with Dutch kin, German Kinn chin, Old Norse kinn, Gothic kinnus cheek, Latin gena, Greek génus chin, gnáthos jaw (see genial2, -gnathous), Sanskrit hanus jaw
Ancient History, World HistoryAlso, Tsin. any of three dynasties that ruled in China, a.d. 265–316 (the Western Chin), a.d. 317–420 (the Eastern Chin), and a.d. 936–46 (the Later Chin).
Ancient History, World Historya dynasty that ruled in China 1115–1234.